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6 June 2019
Cover and publication details for Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth revealed

Further details about the publication of Philip Pullman’s highly-anticipated new book, The Secret Commonwealth, are revealed today. 

27 May 2019
Puffin Grants – Recipients Announced!

Earlier this year, as part of Puffin’s upcoming 80th Anniversary Celebrations, Penguin Random House NZ offered to fund bookseller initiatives to get kids reading, to the value of $5000 each.

14 May 2019
This Mortal Boy wins Ockham New Zealand Book Award

Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy.

2 May 2019
Explosive New Autobiography from Hayden Paddon

We're excited to announce the August release of Driven, from New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon.

30 April 2019
The Handmaid’s Tale Audiobook Read By Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss, star of the hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, has narrated the audiobook edition of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel. 

24 April 2019
The Beautiful Ones by Prince coming this October

This extraodinary memoir, from American artisitc visionary Prince, will be released worldwide on 29 October, 2019.

Extracts

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

The twenty-year-old Lyra has to flee Oxford by boat for the third time in her life, this time in the company of the old gyptian Giorgio Brabandt.

The Whisper Man

Jake. There is so much I want to tell you, but we’ve always found it hard to talk to each other, haven’t we?

The Oracle

The winter moon lit the paving stones as Gelimer, King of the Vandals, and his brother, Tzazon, galloped their horses through the old triumphal arch, past the theater, past the forum, past the still-elegant sleeping town houses.

Tom Clancy's Enemy Contact

He was a Scorpion. First Ensign Salvio was never more proud of that fact than now. He checked his watch.

Ask Again, Yes

July 1973 Francis Gleeson, tall and thin in his powder blue policeman’s uniform, stepped out of the sun and into the shadow of the stocky stone building that was the station house of the Forty-First Precinct.

The Porpoise

Maja is thirty-seven weeks pregnant.

Articles

James Ormsby Decodes his Tokotoko Form

The drawing of a tokotoko, the walking–talking stick held by speakers on the marae, depicts the versions of the creation myth that tells of Tāne separating Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

Kids books about Mums for Mother’s Day

A list of children’s books which are all about celebrating mum! Perfect to share with your little one, this Mother’s Day, or any day.

The School Library Verdict: A PLACE OF STONE AND DARKNESS

Choosing a book for your children can be a daunting task and sometimes it’s nice to have a recommendation from someone in the know. Who better than the people who spend all day every day helping children find the perfect read? School librarians!

Jacqueline Wilson Appreciation

Dancing the Charleston, the new book from the legendary Jacqueline Wilson, publishes this month. Wilson has been writing books for children since 1985 and quite a few of us here at Penguin HQ grew up reading and loving everything she wrote!

Your guide to Jacqueline Wilson...

With over 100 books under her belt, Jacqueline Wilson truly has something for all types for readers.

How to Get Your Sparkle Back

Meg Bignell, author of The Sparkle Pages, shares her ten tips for being your best sparkly self.

Recipes

Jamie's Cherry Chocolate Mousse

5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food focuses on genius combinations of just five ingredients that work together to deliver an utterly delicious result, giving maximum flavour, with minimum fuss, just like this delicious Cherry Chocolate Mousse.

Jamie's Lemony Courgette Linguine

5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food focuses on genius combinations of just five ingredients that work together to deliver an utterly delicious result, giving maximum flavour, with minimum fuss, just like this delicious Lemony Courgette Linguine.

Family Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

The perfect pudding, à la Allyson Gofton. Lashings of cream or ice-cream to accompany this hearty family favourite will add to this dessert’s enjoyment!

Lemon and lime dishwashing powder

Lemon oil has an amazing ability to cut through grease, making it the star ingredient for this recipe. The method is simple, all you’ll need is a handful of basic ingredients and a jar to mix up.

Cinnamon-baked pear chips

I just adore this recipe for baked pears, enhanced with a sprinkle of sweet, musky cinnamon, baked until crisp. Try them with a sharp, salty cheese such as blue vein, or a gentler, creamy cheese like double cream Brie or Camembert.

 

Curry Quinoa Fritters

These fritters make a tasty take-to-work lunch or party appetiser. The hint of curry and the fresh herbs go perfectly with the carrot and quinoa in the fritters.

Q&A

Eleanor Ozich - Q&A

We sat down with best-selling author - Eleanor Ozich, to find out about her latest book, Homemade. 

Minnie Darke Q&A

The Star-crossed author takes on our rapid-fire questions.

Jonathan Kellerman Q&A

The bestselling master of suspense reveals why he swapped psychology for crime writing.

Sophie Kinsella Q&A

Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella on her new book, I Owe You One

A Conversation with Catherine Robertson

Questions and answers with the witty and wonderful Catherine Robertson about her latest novel; What You Wish For - A Gabriel's Bay Story.

A Conversation with Christopher Paolini

Questions and answers from Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle series and creator of the magical world of Alagaësia.

Activities

Kiwi Babies Activity Sheet

Introduce babies to both English and Maori with this super fun activity sheet for new board books: Animals for Kiwi Babies and My Body for Kiwi Babies.

Find Your Perfect Winter Read

What should you be reading this winter? Cosy up with these fantastic new books, available now from your local bookseller.

Mother's Day Cheat Sheet

The ultimate guide to picking the right book for your Mum! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Pack!

Download this fun activity pack, celebrating all things Very Hungry Caterpillar! 

Cat From Muzzle Colouring Sheet!

Dwayne is the cat from Muzzle, who traveled over mountains and across rivers on an epic five-week journey home to New Zealand’s most remote station. Download and print this fun colouring sheet of Dwayne here! 

Little Kiwi Chore Chart

In Little Kiwi the Cool Mama, Little Kiwi finds out that a parent's job is harder than it looks. Use this chore chart to help your parents out around the house! 

Book Clubs

The Bad Seed - Book Club Guide

Award-winning author Charlotte Grimshaw shares Now combined into a major TV drama, these two connected novels by award-winning writer Charlotte Grimshaw take an unflinching look at politics and power, contemporary New Zealand society and the arid morality of the privileged.

The Unreliable People - Book Club Guide

Auckland-based writer Rosetta Allan's latest novel, The Unreliable People is a compelling, contemporary story where love and loss intersect. We asked Rosetta for questions and discussion points to guide your book club.  

The Cage - Book Club Guide

Lloyd Jones’s fable-like novel The Cage is both profound and unsettling. We asked the multi-award winning Kiwi author to share the story's origins and create book club questions to help guide your discussion.

This Mortal Boy - Book Club Guide

Incredible NZ author and Ockham 2019 Award Winner Dame Fiona Kidman shares some thoughts and questions to get the ball rolling in a book club discussion for This Mortal Boy.

Pearly Gates - Book Club Guide

NZ author and poet Owen Marshall shares with us some questions to get the ball rolling in a book club discussion for his latest Novel, Pearly Gates.

The Gulf Between - Book Club Guide

NZ author Maxine Alterio shares with us her love for book clubs plus questions you can use with your friends and family when you read her new novel, The Gulf Between.

Bonus

A Place of Stone and Darkness - downloadable poster!

Download your very own A Place of Stone and Darkness poster! 

Meet the characters: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Charlie Changes into a Chicken is the first book in a side-splitting new series by Sam Copeland and illustrated by Sarah Horne, it's about 9-year-old Charlie McGuffin who has an incredible secret...

Head Back To School With Puffin Picks!

This February, purchase any TWO Puffin picks and receive a FREE customisable book bag.

 

 

Colonial Tiny House - Manawatu

Many people know the Manawatu– Wanganui region only as a flat, green slice of provincial quietness that you drive through on the way from Wellington to the Central Plateau.

A Note from Monica

Start reading an exclusive animated extract of The Trip of a Lifetime.

Start a Book Club

Eight simple tips for getting your reading group up and running.